Here we go with a multiple photo challenge post again
The main object of the photos I took today were for Sunshine’s Macro Monday #30
and then I thought this is a good one for Jez’s Water Water Everywhere #16 inspired by his photo of red water droplets
Looking at my notifications I saw that Bren’s Photo for the Week – 57 – Flowers also fitted in for this series of images taken during another wonderful rain shower this morning.
Water drops were everywhere. Some vertical ready to slide
Some just hanging
Some were large with an upside-down view of the world
The water pooled on the Rose bush leaves
and adorned the rose with jewels
Not every one was happy that there was water, water everywhere
What a month September was. A month of fear of fires, another month of not much rain, watching the dam level drop and not being able to water the garden with the last bit of water in case I needed the water in case a fire appeared. The fires were not close, over 40kms away from my place but the sky and atmosphere was choked with smoke. A few rainfalls during the month helped alleviate my concerns, topped up my water tanks so I have enough water for my household needs and I have been watering the pot plants around the verandahs and in the house with the tank water. I also use this water to put in the various bird baths around the house as well as other water containers for the animals that may pop in and need a drink.
The downside is I am watching a lot of my garden die. Some palms that provide lovely shade for my house have already lost their tops and the others are struggling. Most of the garden is Australian native plants and some, like the lilli pillis are not looking all that flash. The Wallabies and Possums are also eating some of the garden plants so I may have to put fences around gardens so the new shoots appearing now the weather is warming don’t get nibbled.
There are a few photos to get through, so maybe a cup of tea, coffee or glass of wine or beer, depending when you are reading, Sit back and I hope you enjoy a scroll through my September.
I have found a few photogenic animals on my travels. The horses have already had their post and some others have appeared already as well but I have to put this fluffy Donkey in again.
I love going past the dairy and seeing these beautiful cows.
It is never good to see one of these ants on the verandah. Their bite is quite painful for such a small insect.
I do enjoy finding a spiders web in the right light.
The start of Spring has a few butterflies appearing. The Caper White Butterflies are migratory and this one is one of the first to arrive.
Meadow Argus are enjoying the early Spring flowers on the Pittosporum.
The Stingless Native Bees certainly loved the Rocket flowers.
As did the honey bees.
Flies are pollinators as well. This one was in a nursery we went to in Byron Bay. There were lots of other insects on the flowers too.
Saw this amazing flower but forgot to write down the name, sorry.
The Cacti were in bloom as well.
Yes it is a bud, a very weird hairy bud. Can you guess what flower may appear from this in my besties garden?
The yellow Poppy enjoyed the sunshine.
Here is the hairy buds flower, a red Poppy.
Spring brings out the Begonia flowers
And the Bottlebrush are starting to look fabulous at my besties but mine are having a hard time and the bushes haven’t looked like flowering yet.
Her Roses are looking wonderful. This one is a Double Delight just opening.
This Double Delight is open showing lovely delicate colours.
My White Fig tree is struggling a bit in the dry weather. The figs often drop their leaves at this time of year. The ground is covered in the yellow and orange leaves.
It also likes to show its true Aussie colours of Green and Gold
There are lots of birds around at the moment too. The Red-browed Firetails are cruising the grass eating the seeds
The Straw-necked Ibis are also wandering about looking for grubs in the paddocks.
I have a few Australian Ravens who have a walk about the garden looking for snacks.
We saw some Chestnut-breasted Mannikins down the road. They must have followed us home as later on I saw around 20 to 30 sitting in the fence.
The King Parrots are enjoying the last of the seeds in the Leopard Tree.
The Mistletoe Bird has wonderful red colours.
Remember the Willie Wagtails nest that was destroyed by something a month or so ago? Well they found a safe place and have raised three chicks. Only a mother could love a baby like this.
The Welcome Swallows have four chicks in two nests at my besties under the verandah. They are always hungry.
Some years, Welcome Swallows have two nestings. Here comes another feather to line the nest for the next lot of babies.
The Restless Flycatchers like to patrol the fence lines in the morning.
As the season was so bad I felt sorry for the birds and put a container of food out every now and then. The Currawongs tended to dominate but one morning a small flock of Satin Bowerbirds turned up. I have never seen so many bower birds together. These are females and juveniles. The male sat by and kept watch from a nearby branch.
A lot of the birds at my place are not hanging around the house as there isn’t much food in the garden. Normally the grevilleas are full of flowers but a lack of rain has seen a reduced number of grevillea flowers. There are a lot of birds down the lower part of my property at the waterhole. A Yellow-faced Honeyeater and a White-throated Honeyeater enjoy a drink together.
The little Striated Honeyeater just jumped straight into the bird bath.
Whereas the White-throated Honeyeater just dived straight in.
This is the first time I have seen a Little Friarbird and a Noisy Friarbird together.
A female Olive-backed Oriel came to the bird bath for the first time at my besties.
The Male shows why they are Olive-backed Oriels.
He doesn’t look to pleased to see me with my camera does he?
Everyone like the Australian Raven skipping down the hill last month. How about a Silver Gull dancing?
AS I said, the sky was been choked with smoke from the fires. I couldn’t quite capture the red sun at sunset one afternoon
Other sunsets were quite orange.
or a blaze of yellow!
The smoke mixed with cloud made for some interesting shapes and spooky atmosphere.
Well here we are at the end. The grass seed heads made a lovely part of the afternoons walk. When I looked at the photo on the computer screen, there was, I think, a Grasshopper winging away for the night.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my September.
Also a contribution to Su’s The Changing Seasons
The Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Magenta Rose
I think I may have some magenta rose pics here somewhere……
This little fellow could be……
This Frangipanni is close
I think this could even be an actual Magenta Rose
The Ragtag Daily Prompt Friday: Rose
So many ideas for Rose that Steph proposed but I think I’ll just go with the fabulous flower that is the Rose and maybe sneak in a surprise Rose.
First surprise Rose, a Desert Rose
Or of course there are Ceiling Roses for number two
and for the final surprise, how could I not include my Winter visitor to my garden, the little fabulous Rose Robin
and for Sarah’s 30 Days 30 Songs
The Weekly Post Photo Challenge: White
So much white just a few photos
Ok so there was more than a few. Thanks for getting to the end
Sue’s Weekly Photo Challenge word prompt: Yellow
Let’s have an avalanche of yellow. So many yellows.
Some with a surprise inside
A native flower that is everywhere on my place
I had to have a Yellow Buterfly
Some Australian native plants have amazing yellow flowers
Gazania flowers burst yellow
Lovely yellow of a Zinnia
Yellow-faced Honeyeater outside of my window
A fly with a yellow face
The beauty of a yellow Rose
The fabulous yellow of a Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Zipping around the garden Yellow Dragonflies are jewels
and of course the wonderful Eastern Yellow Robin
It wouldThe Photo a Week Challenge from Nancy: Pink
I know someone who would love this challenge. I think I may have a bit of pink in here somewhere………….let me see
Something to listen to while you scroll about my photos
It wouldn’t be a Pink Post without some Pink Floyd……….yes I wish you were here ❤
“We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl”
The absurdity of a pink flamingo swimming toy
The loveliness of a pink Rose
The wonderful pink house in Burano, Italy
The many pink flowers of a Pentas
The soft fluffiness of a Lilli Pilli flower (including bonus bee)
The characters that are Pink Galahs and what they bring to my day
The unexpected find of a pink fungi in my garden
The wonderful and varied pink hues in a flower
Another pink fungi growing on a log
One of the beautiful pink flowers from one of my Begonias
It’s a Pink-eared Duck
A lovely pink Echinacea flower
A Bee enjoying a snack on a pink flower
A pink Australian Native Flower, a Grass Trigger Plant, growing on my place
The word prompt from Frank at Dutch goes the Photo: Rose
You probably know that I like photographing flowers. Last week I went to my daughters place and one morning we went for a walk among the flowers at a wonderful park. The roses were blooming so it was a bit of a stop and shoot rather than a walk. Here are some of the Roses.
Red Roses are always a favourite
I have never seen a yellow and orange Rose before
Everyone likes white Roses too
Bren’s Photo For The Week challenge: Roses
I love Roses. They are a great subject to photograph. This first photo is a Climbing Rose in a park in Grafton.
I tried to bring out the softness in this photo.
The Sun helps to bring out the delicate colours
White Roses can look quite spectacular
I just love the colours in this Rose.
My besties Yellow Rose is stunning.
We left her highly scented Pink Rose at her old place unfortunately.
Another subtly coloured Rose
Just had to include the Rose Robin who pops into my place every now and then